Many individuals do not know much about ringworm. It is important to understand what ringworm is and how it can best be treated. Without the help of a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Tony Nakhla, this condition may go untreated and can spread to others.
A worm does not cause ringworm as the name insinuates. Instead, a type of highly contagious fungus causes it. Ringworm is often seen in warmer areas of the country. Children and teens are more likely than adults to suffer from body ringworm and related conditions, such as athlete's foot and jock itch.
Ringworm can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions that cause redness, such as eczema. However, ringworm begins as a small red rash with a great deal of itching. As the rash develops, the red spots often turn into red circles with an area of lighter colored skin in the center. Ringworm is mostly seen on the lower part of the body.
Treatment should begin as soon as symptoms appear. A dermatologist is specially trained to deal with fungal infections of the skin. This doctor most often prescribes an anti-fungal cream that can be spread over the affected skin. Another option is oral medication to treat fungus. Ringworm can be a very irritating skin disease that can cause excessive itching. Because it can be easily spread to others, those who believe they may have ringworm should be careful when coming into contact with others. Dermatologists are highly trained to deal with this problem.